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- Timeless styling
- Roomy inside
- Easy-to-use infotainment system
- Fun to drive
Volkswagen Tiguan: Everything You Need to Know
About the Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan is the German’s manufacturer’s recently redesigned compact crossover utility vehicle. It’s an important entry in a surging category, one that may supplant compact passenger cars as the preferred vehicle for singles and young families alike.
The Tiguan is crisply styled, performs well, and offers more interior space than most competitors. It’s also as nimble and comfortable on the road as many rivals. While it comes in a few trim levels, there’s only a single engine choice. All-wheel drive is optional.
What’s New in the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?
The current-generation Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced in 2018. The 2019 model is virtually the same, except for a few changes to the features in various trim levels. It’s offered in S, SE, and SEL trims. There are also R-Line and Premium versions of the SEL model.
The 2019 Tiguan comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission option is an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive optional.
Fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive Tiguan is EPA-rated at 25 mpg in combined city and highway driving. That figure drops a bit to 24 mpg with all-wheel drive.
What Does the Volkswagen Tiguan Compete With?
Rivals to the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan among the growing array of small utility vehicles include:
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford Escape
- Honda CR-V
- Hyundai Tucson
- Jeep Compass
- Mazda CX-5
- Nissan Rogue
- Subaru Forester
- Toyota RAV4
Although competition in this class is fierce, the Tiguan is a high-selling vehicle for Volkswagen. It likely competes most closely with the sportier entries from Mazda and Subaru.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
The clean, straightforward lines of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan manage to mask its size, which is halfway between other compact crossovers and those of the larger midsize class. The nose is relatively short, and the rear doors are particularly long. In dark colors, it’s not especially noticeable, though you may see striking orange Tiguans in the ads.
Wheels are 17-inch alloys with tall tires whose compliant sidewalls give a comfortable ride. The optional 18- and 20-inch wheels look a bit sportier, but ride quality isn’t as good. Only the high-end SEL Premium version gets LED headlights. Overall, the Tiguan design is handsome, restrained, and should age well. It’s a stark contrast to more expressive designs that date quickly.
Interior Style in the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
The seats in the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan, whether they’re cloth, synthetic leather, or leather, are comfortable and supportive. We wouldn’t hesitate to take a long trip in this vehicle. Second-row passengers enjoy large door openings and oodles of legroom, giving the Tiguan almost the cabin volume of a midsize crossover.
The second-row seat slides back and forth so families can trade off passenger room for cargo volume. There’s up to 73.5 cubic feet of it, depending on seat configuration. Ignore the third-row seat, standard on front-wheel-drive models and optional with all-wheel drive. It’s only usable for small, limber children and otherwise just takes up space.
Interior materials are a mix of soft and hard surfaces, though rear-seat occupants get more hard plastics than those up front. Those in the forward cabin will find plenty of space for oddments in bins, trays, and cupholders.
What Technology Comes in the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan’s tech features are carefully calibrated to the market. There’s an inexpensive entry model, a mid-range version with the most popular features, and a couple of high-end choices with lots of bells and whistles—and prices to match. In all cases, the technology features are intuitive and easy to use.
Every Tiguan comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth pairing, and conventional cruise control. The popular SE trim upgrades the touchscreen to 8.0 inches, along with keyless ignition, various active safety systems, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats.
Customers who want all possible features will find them in the SEL trim and the highest-end option, the SEL Premium. Those include frills like a power liftgate, a premium Fender audio system, leather seats, and more active driver-assist technology.
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?
Every 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan except the entry-level S model has standard automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. For Tiguan S buyers, that package is an $850 option. The high-end SEL includes adaptive cruise control, while the SEL Premium version adds active lane control, parking sensors, and automatic high beams.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2019 Tiguan its top rating of “Good” in every category except for headlights, which are rated either “Poor” or “Marginal” depending on trim level. The IIHS rates usability of the Tiguan’s LATCH child-seat attachments as only “Acceptable.”
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet rated the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan.
What is the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Like to drive?
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is a largish compact crossover with a modest 184 horsepower to move it around, so its acceleration is no better than average. But it’s at least as nimble as the most popular competitors, and notably better than some.
The Tiguan’s road-holding and handling are confident. Ride comfort is very good, and noise is well suppressed. Some reviewers have reported hesitant or inconsistent shifts from the automatic transmission. The square-cut lines give it outward visibility that’s average to above-average.
Should I Buy a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan?
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan has no major flaws. It’s given VW a competitive model to offer compact crossover buyers for the first time in years. We don’t recommend it if you need a third row of seats, since they’re very cramped. And if you’re a buyer who ticks all the option boxes, you’ll find top-end models get expensive. But the Tiguan sits in the sweet spot of family compact crossovers, and deservedly so.
Should I buy a Used Volkswagen Tiguan? Are There Any I Should Avoid?
The previous generation of Tiguan ran from 2009 through 2017. It was VW’s oldest vehicle when it was replaced for 2018. Earlier Tiguans are considerably smaller inside and might be considered subcompact today. However, they do offer crisp European handling that the larger new version can’t quite match. On the other hand, they lack various pieces of equipment offered by more modern competitors, from USB ports to active-safety systems.
How Much Does the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Cost?
The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,290 for the base S model. Prices for the SE begin at $27,690, and the SEL trim starts at $32,790. (All prices include a destination charge of $995.) Opting for all-wheel drive on any model will set you back an additional $1,300.
The new Tiguan is an up-to-date entry at a competitive price in an expanding class of vehicles. It has no major weak spots, is roomy inside, and offers more driving fun than many high-volume competitors. Its one open question is durability and reliability, an important area in which most Toyota and Honda vehicles excel.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
- Timeless styling inside and out
- Crisp handling and road-holding
- Comfortable ride
- Roomy rear seat
- Fuel efficiency only so-so
- Third row not worth it
- High-end SEL model gets pricey
- Lackluster acceleration
The History of the Volkswagen Tiguan: 11 years of Tiguan
Introduced to the U.S. for 2009, the first Tiguan had an exceptionally long model life of 10 years without substantial upgrades. By the end of its run, it was notably outdated and was smaller than newer compact crossovers.
The current generation, introduced for the 2018 model year, solved all those problems. By the end of its first full year, it had overtaken the Jetta sedan to become VW’s most popular model in the U.S.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
- Body Style
- Sport Utility
- 2.0L TSI DOHC Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
- 184 hp
- 8-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Android Auto
- Apple CarPlay
- Back Up Camera
- Blind Spot Assist
- Blind Spot Sensor
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 2.0L TSI DOHC Turbocharged 4-Cylinder -inc: 16-valve, direct fuel injection
- Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic w/Tiptronic -inc: sport mode
- 3.33 Axle Ratio
- 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
- GVWR: 5,247 lbs (2,380 kgs)
- Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
- Front-Wheel Drive
- Engine Oil Cooler
- 69-Amp/Hr 360CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- Regenerative Alternator
- Towing Equipment -inc: Trailer Sway Control
- 1213lbs. Maximum Payload
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 15.3 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
- Wheels: 17" 10-Spoke Alloy
- Tires: 17" All-Season
- Wheels w/Silver Accents
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
- Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
- Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
- Deep Tinted Glass
- Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
- Lip Spoiler
- Chrome Grille
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Roof Rack Rails Only
- Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: Composition Color AM/FM -inc: 6.5" touchscreen, USB input, 6-speaker sound system, VW App-Connect smartphone integration and interface w/Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, capability for in-vehicle 4G LTE enabled Wi-Fi (cellular data plan required; includes limited trial), capability for VW Car-Net services (capabilities for certain services vary; requires enrollment or subscription),and Bluetooth connectivity
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
- Audio Theft Deterrent
- Streaming Audio
- Window Grid And Roof Mount Diversity Antenna
- 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
- Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manual front seats w/height adjustment
- Driver Seat
- Passenger Seat
- 40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
- Fixed 50-50 Bench Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor, 2 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Manual Air Conditioning
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
- Illuminated Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Cloth Door Trim Insert
- Urethane Gear Shift Knob
- Cloth Seating Surfaces
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Area Concealed Storage
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
- Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Redundant Digital Speedometer
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
- 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
- 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- VW Car-Net Emergency Sos
- Side Assist Blind Spot Sensor
- FCW w/Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Side Curtain Protection Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera